What the Sales Leader of the Year Wants You to Know About Sales

by Chris Samuels

For nearly 40 years, Karla Boyles has been involved in selling one thing or another. She started her career in the fitness industry, then in 2004 moved to hotels, eventually settling into her role as director of sales for the Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe and the adjacent Red Lion Inn. Except she never settled.… [More]

Flame Broiler Aims to Bring Healthy, Affordable Food to Tempe

by Chris Samuels

Southern California is known for a few distinctive things: sunny, temperate skies; health-conscious food; and miles of easygoing beaches. Unfortunately, beaches aren’t coming to Arizona. Or reasonable temperatures in the summer. What is coming, however, is a couple from California looking to bring something new to Tempe and the Valley of the Sun: healthy food… [More]

Tempe Chamber’s Military Committee Honors Airman

by Chris Samuels

In a ceremony honoring the bravery and service of a former airman of the 944th Fighter Wing, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce bestowed the honor to another of the base’s best. Staff Sgt. Allen J. Long, a low observable aircraft structural technician tasked with testing the Air Force’s newest hardware, the F-35 Lightning II, was… [More]

New Faces at Tempe Chamber of Commerce

by Sean Donovan

Joanne Stockdale Named Business Development Director of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Joanne Stockdale as its new Business Development Director in December. She will be responsible for the organization’s membership sector, overseeing its business support services and developing corporate partnerships. Stockdale is an experienced business development professional with excellent communication… [More]

Proposition 206 – What Employers Need to Know

by Sean Donovan

On November 8, Arizona voters adopted Proposition 206, which increases the state minimum wage and requires employers to provide paid medical leave to workers. Details of the Prop. 206 provisions are as follows: Arizona Minimum Wage Increase Prop. 206 increases the existing state minimum wage of $8.05 per hour to $10.00 in 2017, $10.50 in… [More]

Proposition 206 Has Unintended Consequences for East Valley Care Providers

by Shana Ellis

Caring for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities requires education, ongoing training and passion; like any skilled profession, it’s not for everyone. As a result, service providers, like The Centers for Habilitation (TCH), and our families value the care provided by direct-care professionals entrusted to work with our members on a daily basis. Since 2009,… [More]

Tempe Chamber Members Support Sustainable Business 

by Sean Donovan

The Pledge was developed to help businesses learn how to reduce waste, energy and water usage and to develop sustainable purchasing programs. With the launch of this program, the goal of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce is to help make businesses and the communities in which they operate more resilient and sustainable. This comprehensive online… [More]

Do You Support Sustainable Business Practices?

by Sean Donovan

The Pledge was developed to help businesses learn how to reduce waste, energy and water usage and to develop sustainable purchasing programs. With the launch of this program, the goal of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce is to help make businesses and the communities in which they operate more resilient and sustainable. This comprehensive online… [More]

Anne Gill Named Tempe Chamber of Commerce President & CEO 

by Sean Donovan

Anne Gill is the new president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. She took office on Oct. 31. She previously served as the president and CEO of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Gill is a skilled nonprofit leader with more than 25 years of business administration experience who excels in… [More]

Local Committees Offer Chance to Grow Networks and Skills

by Sean Donovan

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce offers the chance to collaborate with other people in the community through one of its many committees. Varied in purpose and scope, each offers unique and valuable opportunities to become involved and grow your network and skill set. They include Business Development, Military Affairs, Government Relations, Transportation, Ambassadors, Women in… [More]